Summertime in the Deep South can be mighty tough on farmers and dairy cows alike due to the heat and humidity, but the first few days of this month weren't quite so bad. The air was drier and the nights were a little cooler, and our cows responded with their highest average daily milk production since mid-May. Now that the heat index is starting to creep back up, I'm sure our production will come down a little bit. Even so, the combination of keeping the cows cool (they have access to fans and sprinklers most days from 9am-6pm) and providing quality feed will help them make it through the summer without too much heat stress.
Speaking of quality feed, our forages are looking pretty good. They could use some rain, of course, but we've gotten enough timely showers over the last few weeks to keep anything from "hurting" for water. Our bermudagrass hay fields have all been fertilized and are growing nicely. Our early corn is pollinating and will probably be ready to chop for silage by the end of the month. Our bottom land corn is knee-to-thigh high and looks really good. And the sorghum-sudangrass (sudex) that I planted last week looks to be nice and thick. I've got a few photos below for your viewing pleasure.
And finally, here are few links for you:
- Our farm was currently featured on WCBI-TV's "A Day in the Life" series. You can learn more and find links to the video segments via our website's News section.
- I've posted a new GDF Vocowbulary video explaining what a dairy's "parlor" is.
- I also posted an opinion piece, "Don't put all your eggs in the social media basket", Farm Bureau's YF&R Blog.
hi! We have a new "featured" button you can grab for being featured in our post on dairy cattle care: http://scienceisgrowing.blogspot.com/2010/06/so-whats-truth-about-how-dairy-cows-are.html
Have a great day!! :)
Read and enjoyed your last summer's post about Sudex. We live far to the north, but tried it this year in place of corn as we had three years of crop failure with that due to relentless rains. We are really liking it green chopped for the cows with green hay.
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